I have had my blog for a year-and-a-half now and initially I didn't even know there was a blogging community out there. A few months in I realised there were other bloggers doing the same thing as me near where I lived, and it became the perfect chance to meet others and find out about their blogs.
As I saw others obsessing over their stats and followers I thought it was the done thing to up your game by focusing on increasing page views and followers in line with theirs. There ensued a struggle but I did manage to get more views based on what I was posting and what was popular at the time, but I wasn't entirely happy with my content, or focusing on the numbers. I was posting for the sake of it, and often it was quantity over quality in an effort to put new content on the blog every day to keep people coming back. But in reality I have a full-time job, family, friends and a husband I want to spend my down time with. As much as I love blogging, there are other things I like to do in my spare time than be sat at a computer.
With this realisation and taking a back seat, especially around the time of my wedding, I stepped away from the blog and from Twitter. It was a relief not to be tied to them constantly looking and checking. When I did ease myself back into them it was because I wanted to. I took a long hard look at my blog and thought about what it was that I wanted to show. I'm not entirely happy with my blog, despite another redesign, which I do like much better now, I don't like the name of my blog, and have considered starting a new one because I dislike the name of my current one so much, but will see about that further down the line.
I also took a look at the content and frequency of posts. Instead of posting numerous times a day or every day without fail, I decided to make it a little more fluid. If I post twice, as I am planning to today, it is because I already have one planned and written (which is my 30 day project coming later which I edited yesterday) or because I have something to say as today.
I have decided quality is more important than quantity. If I want to post quick pictures with no words behind them I can post them on Instagram, but will reserve the blog for better pictures, and planned posts. I have recently been putting more effort into my posts and have found I am more proud of them and look forward to posting them more.
I have also decided that since I do like to do things in my free time and take pictures I will incorporate more lifestyle pictures in my blog of where I go and the things I do.
I cleared out my blog reader of blogs I didn't read, and have downloaded a Bloglovin app to my phone which allows me to read blogs with much more ease. If I am bored on my way home from work despite having a magazine in my bag I will more often read blogs on my phone - because I want to and not because I feel I should.
I have also been making more of an effort to comment on others' blogs. I think this is important to help with discussions, build a community and get views across. Everyone has an opinion, but not everyone has time to put it across, but I am hoping to put a bit more time into commenting as and when I can.
I have noticed that despite commenting on others' blogs I don't have as many comments on my blog as I would like, and am aiming to improve this. I want to see more comments, as it shows to me that people are reading and appreciate the content. I know people are reading as my stats show it, but how can I encourage those who read to comment? If you have any tips on improving commenting on blogs/posts do let me know.